Coming of age … as a parent

Mick Gibson - May 19, 2017

It’s my birthday tomorrow. My 45th Birthday. For those familiar with numerology, 45 signals a 9 year. The year at the end of a nine-year-cycle. It’s got me thinking about when we, as parents, come of age? Is it the moment when we meet them for the first time, and our world is no longer solely centred around ourselves? Is it when you there to comfort …

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A teenager lives here

Mick Gibson - March 8, 2017

It’s been a while in-between posts. Ages actually! And in this time, a teenager has emerged, and is living in our midst. He’s monosyllabic, messy, and mumbles incoherently in the mornings. Yes all the cliched things you hear about teenagers, but don’t expect to be entirely true 🙂 He’s questioning of authority (all forms), working out his beliefs (about everything) and wanting to hang out …

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Too much choice and too much on

Mick Gibson - May 12, 2016

I bet you’re like me – exhausted … from all the decisions we have to make each day, and the never-ending list of things to do. It’s why the appeal of an island resort holiday is so strong. You get to go somewhere, stay in one place, and only have to worry about which cocktail to order 🙂 Whilst this is all pretty demanding, we’re …

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We’ve lost the kids upstairs

Mick Gibson - May 9, 2016

We’ve recently moved into a new double-storey home. Fantastic … yes. But the unforeseen consequence of a two-levelled home is that the boys often disappear upstairs to their boy-zone (a.k.a TV/ play-station/ bedrooms) and are VERY hard to cajole back downstairs. This is made worse by the I’m-plugged-in-wearing-my-headphones-deafness – which means hollering up the stairs is totally ineffectual, and results in a LOT of stair climbing for …

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School holidays and how you can win the wifi war

Mick Gibson - December 7, 2015

It’s the school holidays here in Australia. Well at least for my eldest son, who’s very happy that his exams are over, school is finished, and the summer holidays await in glorious laziness for him to while away in front of his many screens. Well that’s what he’s hoping for 🙂 And when my two other younger ones finish up at school, there’ll be 3 screen-obsessed …

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My Fathers Day Report Card

Mick Gibson - September 6, 2015

It’s Father’s day here in Australasia. The day when socks, jocks and over-cooked eggs make their way in front of us Dads 🙂 Today is also the day when we, as fathers, reflect on what it means to be a Dad. The words that jump to mind include: Responsibility Love Fun Frustration Tired Unconditional It’s bloody hard being a Dad. It’s also insanely rewarding, with overwhelming …

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The private family moments

Mick Gibson - August 14, 2015

Now before you all get too excited by the title of this post, let me explain  🙂 In a largish family like ours, there’s a constant battle for one-on-one time with each other. The private moments when we have each others undivided attention. The boys want Laurie and me to themselves, and don’t want to ‘share’ us with their brothers. Laurie and I often only ever get to chat (without …

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How a microwave can help get your kids to eat their dinner, but not in the way you’re thinking

Mick Gibson - July 17, 2015

This is kind of an old story for us. It back-dates to the days when our boys were slightly younger and eat-your-dinner-battles were frequent! We all know the scenario: parents make dinner, get it on the table, sit down to eat, and the kids pick at their food with ‘long teeth’ (don’t know where or why that saying ‘long teeth’ comes from, but hey!) As parents we …

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How do you start a good conversation with your kids at the dinner table?

Mick Gibson - July 5, 2015

You’re all sitting at the dinner table (no mean feat in this busy world we live in), and you ask the stock-standard question: “How was your day at school today boys?” You get what you probably deserve, an automated mono-syllabic response “Good”, “Fine”, “Okay” They say in life if you want better answers (and results) you need to ask better questions. So Laurie went looking …

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